Jose Mourinho is likely to be without Chris Smalling and Phil Jones for a crucial Manchester derby on Thursday night.
The pressure on Mourinho is intense at the moment even after an unbeaten league run since October. Since the 4-0 loss against Chelsea, Manchester United have not suffered a defeat in the league. Yet, they have not been able to occupy the top four for long periods of the campaign.
Finishing outside the top four will be disastrous to the club’s immediate and long-term objectives with regard to signing players and many other factors. United have received a major boost with Liverpool’s 2-1 loss against Crystal Palace. United will be able to make into the top four if they win the two games in hand over Liverpool, but one of them is against City.
“Of course they [Smalling and Jones] have [a future]. I hope this season.It’s not just about them. It’s about the philosophy and mentality around them. Cautious. Cautious. Cautious. Just a cautious approach.It’s a profile, it’s the philosophy of work. Just that. I think the fact that we are fighting for important things still is a good motivation to keep people together, to make people make an extra effort,” said Mourinho.